. republican opponents of obama care have gone further. after it passed they stalked it like jack the ripper. in the states, through the courts, all the way to the supreme court, which, uh-oh, ruled it constitutional. in last year's election when they lost again. but quit? never. for republicans, this has become their alamo. in july, less than three months before scheduled launch, the speaker of the house, republican john boehner, drew one more line in the sand. >> obama care is bad for america. we're going to do everything we can to make sure that it never happens. >> and yet the darn thing survived, despite the administration's own very serious mistakes. as rovner reported, obama's people naively figured republican states couldn't resist all that cash coming down from the federal government and would decide to create their own insurance exchanges and expand their medicaid programs. not so. republicans, it seems, have their principles, and health care for poor people is not one of them. ideology trumped money. republicans aside, obama care had its own built-in problem, born of original sin.